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Overpopulation race

Overpopulation race
We are just too many on this small planet. Overpopulation is the result of the competition between nations. More people -> more potential soldiers. More consumption -> bigger economy -> greater potential for weapon production. Who stays behind, will be eaten. No choice. To survive we must multiply and produce. Be a hero – buy and produce! We are doomed… The world cannot be fixed without fixing the competition between nations :(. Are there any optimists?

Sesshin at Sanshin in Indiana

Sesshin at Sanshin in Indiana

I’ve been reading Realizing Genjokoan by Shōhaku Okumura Roshi and I wanted to come and see how he practice for a long time. Everyone worn me: “they sit crazy amount of time and they do not do anything else”. “That’s perfect” – I thought. I came to attend 5-day sesshin on May 29 – June 3, 2019.

Chewing The Medicinal Herb – a Bite from The Lotus Sutra

Chewing The Medicinal Herb – a Bite from The Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most fundamental and influential teachings in Buddhism, dating back to 150 CE. In April 2019, I was fortunate to attend a month-long practice period at Upaya Zen Center themed around this seminal text. We each chose one parable from the text to explore as suggested by teachers Joshin and Genzan. The contemplation of such work was reminiscent of working with koans, which are essentially Zen paradoxes used for the purpose of awakening. After a month, it was surprising to observe how much inspiration came from this type of practice.

Support Dobek during Street Retreat in Washington DC, May 22-26

Support Dobek during Street Retreat in Washington DC, May 22-26

Street Retreats were started by Bernie Glassman Roshi and his Peacemaker movement. We will live together with homeless people on streets of Washington DC for 5 days.

The retreat is free. However, I’m obliged to organize a group of supporters who can help me raise $500 which will go towards charity. Asking for alms is meant to help us witness and understand the lives of people living on the street. Traditionally, Buddhist monks used to support themselves in this way. In fact, it is a great practice of generosity and gratitude thanks to which we can observe what happens with our minds when we ask, give or receive.